The final action from Group D will be witnessed at the Rostov Arena where Croatia will take on Iceland on 26th June. While Croatia boasts of a solid squad on paper, Iceland has their gritty attitude to back themselves up. A side that made it through to the quarter-finals of their first ever EURO will leave no stone unturned come to their first FIFA World Cup. Their final opponents, Croatia, will be very well aware of the threat Iceland pose and will have to come prepared if they desire to make something out of their final game. Despite finishing above Croatia in the qualifiers, Iceland will enter the game as underdogs looking to stage an upset.
With both sides playing for the crucial playoff berth, it won’t be wrong to expect some high-quality football at both ends. The likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be having their task of creating chances cut out against Iceland’s rock solid defence. Iceland has had constant support from its fan base that has travelled across the globe to lift their team up when they’re all down and out. Come 26th June and the Viking Clap celebration will echo across the globe like anything. Here is the complete guide for the match that will help you get your calendar’s marked for yet another historical match for Iceland.
How to watch Live
The final game of Group D will get an extensive coverage online with most of the official broadcasters streaming it live on their respective websites and apps. Croatia’s official broadcasters, HRT, will likely be streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup on their official website but no official announcement has yet been made. Same is the case with Iceland’s official broadcasters, RUV, as well.
Iceland vs Croatia Live Streaming
However, a live stream will be available on FOX Sports in America, DirecTV in the Caribbean, Sky Pacific in the Oceanic countries, beIN Sports in the Middle East and North Africa, Sony LIV in the Asian Subcontinent, and Optus Sports in Australia. In case RUV and HRT do not come up with a live stream, all the fans can opt for the VPN Gateways available online. You can choose any of the top names like BestVPN, ExpressVPN, or NordVPN, and enjoy the match on any of the listed channel’s website at the ease of your device.
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Time, Date and Venue
The virtual decider for the 8th team in the round of 16 will kick-off at 21:00 MSK (local time) on 26th June 2018 at the Rostov Arena between Iceland and Croatia. Home to Russian Premier League side, FC Rostov, the Rostov Arena will be hosting four group stage, the last of which will be between Iceland and Croatia, and a round of 16 matchups. The 45,000 capacity stadium is expected to remain sold out with Iceland fans thronging the stadium in massive numbers.
Croatia has a very much balanced star-studded lineup that can prove to be good enough for any side in the world. However, inconsistency has plagued them pretty massively. Iceland, on the other hand, is having their golden generation of football with Gylfi Sigurdsson Aron Gunnarsson leading the pack. Here are the 22 players who will fight it out for their respective sides come 26th of July.
Iceland Probable XI
Halldórsson (GK); Arnason, Sævarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hauksson; Aron Gunarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Smarason; Sigþórsson, Bergmann Sigurðarson, Alfreð Finnbogason
Croatia Probable XI
Subasic (GK); Vrsaljko, Lovren, Corluka, Vida; Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic; Mandzukic, Kalinic, Kramaric
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Official TV Broadcast
2018 FIFA World Cup will be at its peak with the final round of group stage games. Iceland vs Croatia will be the fourth and final game of 26th June which will start simultaneously alongside Argentina vs Nigeria. RUV and HRT, the official broadcasters for Iceland and Croatia respectively, will both start their coverage with a two-hour preview show on their primary channel. The other official broadcasters that included beIN Sports, Canal+, SuperSport, FOX Sports, Optus Sports, Sky Pacific, Kwese Sports, BBC, ITV, DirecTV, and Sony ESPN will have this match covered on either of their two channels. The two-hour-long pre-match show for all these channels will preview both the games together.
Croatia’s attack will face an acid test against Iceland’s rock-solid defence, which has proved to be too much to breach for many of the top sides. Iceland relies a lot on their counter-attacks, and that will keep Croatia’s defence, which hasn’t been up to the mark, at their heels. In the qualifiers, when the two sides last met, Iceland came out as 1-0 winners against a full-strength Croatian side. Croatia will be eyeing a revenge, but it won’t come easy to them by any means. Our final prediction calls it another 1-0 win for Iceland.